Thesis for Nation Building- Iraq

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1.       Write a prompt/thesis for why Nation Building in Iraq is a failure.

Jul 16th, 2015

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Nation Building in Iraq

 
1. Print, read and annotate the four uploaded readings below.

(1). ?U.S. Nation-Building in Iraq Will Work? by Donald Rumsfeld (2007)

(2). ?Nation-Building Fuels Civil Destruction? by Pierre Tristram (2007)

(3) ?Iraq in the Rearview Mirror?R : : : by Jed Babbin (2011)

(4) ?Nation-building Doesn’t Work? by George Jonas (2010)

2. As you read, take detailed, analytical notes, keeping in mind the following question: Do you believe that the nation building efforts in Iraq were a success or a failure? And by extension, do you support nation building as a foreign policy initiative? Why/why not? Use the situation in Iraq as your key support.

<Nation Building Overview>

What is nation building? – Modern nation building usually involves a country facilitating the creation of a regime friendly to its interests that can eventually function independently. This type of nation building can take the form of economic aid, military participation or both. It can be undertaken for reasons of national interest, humanitarian concern or a combination of the two.

Why is it controversial?
– Politicians and pundits have fiercely debated the extent to which the U.S. should become involved in the affairs of other countries. Some have criticized the U.S. for doing too much in those countries, while others have decried the U.S.’s apparent lack of involvement.

What are the two sides of the issue?
– Opponents of nation building say that military and economic interference causes more harm than good for the recipient countries. Military powers often use factions within the country for their own ends, critics say, and aid money can be fought over by various local interests. They also argue that the outside forces usually become drawn into internal conflicts, sometimes leading to involvement in war. And countries with deep internal divisions along ethnic or other lines are hard or impossible to turn into successful nations, they say.

– Supporters of nation building, meanwhile, argue that countries with weak or failed governments are a danger to world stability, especially with the growth of international criminal and terrorist organizations who use them as bases. They also argue that it is better in the long term to engage in nation building than to have to deal in the future with the instability caused by not engaging in it. And they point to successful past examples of nation building to demonstrate that it works.

[Key questions to consider in this assignment]
Does nation building prevent future threats? Or are countries better left alone to solve their own problems?

assume the role of a Foreign Policy Advisor, who is tasked to present a briefing to the President and Secretary of State on the success or failure of our nation building mission in Iraq. Essay Prompt: Do you believe that the nation building efforts in Iraq were a success or a failure? And by extension, do you support nation building as a foreign policy initiative? Why/why not? Use the situation in Iraq as your key support. Begin your briefing with the address: Dear Mr. President and Madam Secretary of State. Support your position with evidence: you must cite from at least FOUR of the six assigned readings, INCLUDING at least one point of view that differs from your own (Refutation). Cite each quote/paraphrase in MLA format. Include a works cited. Remember, your essay must be focused, must have clear and relevant details, must be well researched (with good, credible sources and accurate documentation), and must be well presented and persuasive. Your argument must also contain a refutation.

1). Make sure that you frame your argument as an address to the President and Secretary of State.

2). Make sure you have developed a strong thesis statement that contains a clear and arguable point. Remember that your thesis must directly address the issue of Nation Building in Iraq.

3). Make sure your topic sentences contain clear and arguable points. Remember that the topic sentence is the thesis for your paragraph. The topic sentences should directly relate to your main thesis statement at the end of your introduction.

4). Make sure you support your claims with evidence from at least FOUR of he assigned reading materials for this unit.

5). Make sure you include correct parenthetical in-text citations in MLA format.

6). Make sure you include a works cited page alphabetized by author’s last name. An outline should look something like this:

I. Introduction
A. Create interest/introduce subject
B. Thesis: main argument

II. Body
A. Point 1: argument that supports thesis
1. Supporting evidence, citation
2. Supporting evidence, citation

B. Point 2: argument that supports thesis
1. Supporting evidence, citation
2. Supporting evidence, citation

C. Point 3: argument that supports thesis
1. Supporting evidence, citation
2. Supporting evidence, citation

III. Conclusion
A. Conclusion reached


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